Category: Music

Contemporary Music – progress or …

Contemporary music can cause passionate enthusiasm in some and complete bafflement in others. For many, there remains a sense of dread, and an expectation of the ‘squeaky gate’ incomprehensibility that has become the new music stereotype. For the general public,…

A Seat in the Memory – can you help?

Almost eight months into the four year part time masters degree in Fine Art, James Kowacz, one of OCA’s current MA students, is embarking on a fascinating participative project,  ‘A Seat in the Memory’.  He is looking for people to…

Firm foundations

In a series of meetings with Goethe, the great poet and dramatist in the 1820s, the young Mendelssohn engaged the aging poet, then in his seventies, in discussions of great depth regarding the importance of hearing and creating music as…

Where is the Music?

I’ve been involved with music-making for virtually my whole life. My formal musical education began with (at my insistence) recorder lessons at the age of three, and then eventually, flute lessons, when I was just about big enough to play,…

Musical interferences

Why I wonder do some musicians feel it is necessary to impose their own identity on the work of the great masters? Last week the Croatian born pianist and composer Dejan Lazić presented to the Proms audience the results of…

Singalong melodies? Surely not…

I was in Grange-over Sands the other weekend. In keeping with its somewhat old world charm, it has a bandstand where live music is performed on summer Sundays. It had to be relocated from a previous site near the railway…

Going Back in Time

This is the first We Are OCA post to be authored by OCA’s new music tutor Duncan Druce. In addition to his work as a composer and arranger, Duncan is known as a violinist and viola player, specialising mainly in…

The Messiah meets Purple Haze

Music composition – and indeed other – students may be interested in an event on Saturday 4 June at 2:00pm in London.  Harpsichordist Jane Chapman will be performing a selection of new pieces for harpsichord and electronics by composition students…

From music composition to community music

Community music is gradually gaining ground in Britain. Among the most famous examples are More Music Morecombe (www.moremusic.org.uk) and Sistema Scotland (http://makeabignoise.org.uk).  As a music composition and drawing student with the OCA, my interest in conceptual and socially engaged art…